A serious question around 'healing' ie reiki, spiritual, anything like that

(74 Posts)
IndigoBarbie Wed 03-Apr-13 20:44:35

Now, believe me when I say I know how controversial the whole energy healing/spiritual healing/reiki etc is - But I seriously would like to know if those who have tried it, found it beneficial?
OK, I know there will be lots who either don't believe in it, or wish to call people scammers, or those who perhaps didn't feel that reiki or equivalent helped them - but I have a genuine and very serious interest in this.
I am not writing a paper, or anything like that - I am just keenly interested as I would be interested in knowing what might attract you to going to receive a session, and what might put you off. I'm personally not into the whole marketing side where people make very big claims of cures, but I do know of some folks who have been helped whilst receiving energy work treatments.
Just thought I'd ask on here.
Also - for you lovely scientist folks - what do you know about getting tested for energy levels whilst activating the vibes?
Much love my fellow mumsnetters xx

hiddenhome Wed 03-Apr-13 21:01:13

I had Reiki once as I was suffering from a bad back. It was a pile of shite and nothing happened.

Twosugarsplease Wed 03-Apr-13 21:04:19

Hi indigo I had reiki some years ago, and haven't had it since, but I wish I had have been able to have it weekly, at the time I was going through a marriage break up, a huge shock to me and emotionally hard.
I kid you not, the next day I felt like a weight had been lifted, i felt so relaxed and at ease within myself.
People go for this I assume for anything or nothing in particular at all, but she picked up on the area of my heart and how the colour of the chakra was clear this needed help, after 12 yrs of marriage, it was pretty broken, and she helped me for sure.

I learned Reiki to help my sister. It changed my life - it's simple and effective IMHO but complimentary not a replacement for traditional medicine.

This stuff is all woobollocks, and 'works' for non-specific or going-to-get-better-anyway illnesses. Sometimes all a person needs is a bit of indulgence and patience and to be taken 'seriously' and listened to, and whether the woo comes in the form of massage, sacred tapwater or a magical kick up the twinkle, the effect is the same.

But don't waste money you can't afford on this sort of crap.

In your opinion.

CoteDAzur Thu 04-Apr-13 07:29:25

If Reiki, spiritual healing etc are actually effective, they wouldn't need to be "complementary" and could easily replace medicine.

Wouldn't that be great? Instant and predictable effects, no side-effects, no messing with your body's chemistry.

Sadly, They Don't Work, which is why they can only ever be "complementary" - i.e. do it if it makes you feel good as placebo, but don't forget to take your medicine as well, because that is what will really help you heal.

Selks Thu 04-Apr-13 07:38:49

Placebo effect.

Twosugarsplease Thu 04-Apr-13 07:42:50

I agree cote I don't think anyone should rely on reiki for a medical condition, but would reccomend it for more of a healing of the soul, emotions etc.

Smudging Thu 04-Apr-13 08:00:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

twosugars well put thanks

usedtobesize8 Thu 04-Apr-13 08:05:10

Definitely the power of belief. By which I mean, if you believe in it, it may help you feel better. But if it was proven to make any physical ailment better, it would be on the NHS as must be a lot cheaper than conventional treatments in some instances.

My MIL is spiritual healer & I wouldn't let her help me, even for free, when I had various problems while pregnant. Suspicious of it as she has failed to help many people in the past, they felt better but it didn't last.

seeker Thu 04-Apr-13 08:05:31

When properly tested none of the complementary therapies have any effect at all.

Bear this in mind when you choose what to spend your money on- a massage or a facial or whatever will give you space and time to relax and focus on yourself if that's something you find hard to do in your normal life. And that will make you feel better. And neither are making false/misleading claims.

Can I suggest you try and find a course rather than just a treatment if funds allow? It will teach you the basics as well as how and why it is a common healing practice.

As with anything "woo" you need to approach it with an open mind. I find it more effective when dealing with emotional issues than physical.

If you have a session, I would advise just relaxing and going with it. Kind of like a hands off massage!

seeker Thu 04-Apr-13 08:30:50

"As with anything "woo" you need to approach it with an open mind. I find it more effective when dealing with emotional issues than physical."

No, you need to approach it with a clear thinking, critical mind. And yes, of course it's mor effective with emotional issues than physical ones!

Sorry Seeker I didn't realise I'd forgotten to put IMO or IME at the end of my post.hmm

OP, you'll always have for and against on a thread like this. I'm sure you know your own mind enough to decide for yourself after reading the differing opinions here.

If you did have an underlying issue that has made you consider complementary therapy I hope you can get the help you need, regardless of the treatment you choose. I say that as someone who relies heavily on prescription painkillers for osteoarthritis but still likes to use alternative therapies. that's why they're called complementary. IMO.

Oh, all the kinds of woobollockery that involves touching the patient tends to promote a feeling of wellbeing, but that's because friendly touch is generally beneficial to people who are unhappy or a bit off colour. So aromatherapy etc is a reasonable complementary therapy to conventional medicine.
But you might be better off booking a straightforward massage instead of paying a lot more to have it served up with extra woo.

TheAccidentalEgghibitionist Thu 04-Apr-13 16:28:38

I had spiritual healing once. I'm not religious and I have a science degree.

I was deeply skeptical but the experience has stayed with me my whole life. It was deeply calming and balancing. I felt like I'd had a two week holiday, I felt utterly refreshed. An amazing experience.

I can't explain it, nor have I tried to.

TheAccidentalEgghibitionist Thu 04-Apr-13 16:30:18

BTW I wasn't touched at all.

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Thu 04-Apr-13 18:15:53

Reiki has been shown to have a positive effect on cancer patients in as much as that they 'feel better', which is a little dubious but could be taken as a positive thing. However, the same studies have also shown that fake reiki had exactly the same effect. So, it could be worth having, but not worth paying an 'expert' for. Plus, you are far better off having a massage or similar which has genuine health benefits as well as the relaxation effect.

Either way, it doesn't have any real, tangible benefits. Any benefits are entirely psychological as with most (all) complimentary practices. It's all just a way for woobollockers to make cash off the gullible.

seeker Thu 04-Apr-13 18:36:06

The focussed, non judgemental, loving attention of another person is hugely beneficial. Touch is hugely beneficial. Having time for yourself is hugely beneficial. Rest is hugely beneficial.

The garden is beautiful- why do we need fairies at the bottoms of it?

CoteDAzur Thu 04-Apr-13 19:25:27

Prayer has also been shown to have positive effects on cancer patients. And it doesn't cost anything.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Thu 04-Apr-13 19:28:36

The garden is beautiful- why do we need fairies at the bottoms of it?

Love this and plan to steal it.

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Thu 04-Apr-13 19:31:09

We don't need the fairies at all, but sometimes the little buggers just refuse to leave grin

CoteDAzur Thu 04-Apr-13 19:53:54

There is no spoon, Neo smile

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